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Sclerolaimus Jairajpuri & Ahmad, 1992

Type species of the genus: Sclerolaimus paradoxus (Loof & Jairajpuri, 1968) Jairajpuri & Ahmad, 1992

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Morphology and Anatomy:



  • Small to medium size, 1 to 1.3 mm long.
  • Lip region cap-like, well set off from body contour.
  • Odontostyle short and very thin.
  • Odontophore simple, without basal flanges
  • Anterior portion of esophagus slender; basal expansion cylindroid, occupying 1/3 of total esophagus length.
  • Female genital system didelphic amphidelphic.hemispheroid.



  • Diorchic
  • 3-6 widely spaced ventromedeian supplements.

Ref: Andrassy, 2009

Body size range for the species of this genus in the database - Click:
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Type species reported from moist soils in Europe.

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      Classified as hyphal feeders based on position in family Leptonchidae and odontostyle configuration (Yeates et al., 1993)  

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Andrassy, I. 2009. Free-living Nematodes of Hungary (Nematoda Errantia) Vol. 111. Humgarian Natural History Museum, Budapest. 508p.

Yeates, G.W., T. Bongers, R. G. M. De Goede, D. W. Freckman, and S. S. Georgieva. 1993. Feeding habits in soil nematode families and genera—An outline for soil ecologists. Journal of Nematology 25:315-331

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